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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Our firm is recognized by the Brain Injury Association of America as their Preferred Attorney in the state of Oregon.

Traumatic Brain Injury & Brain Damage

No two brain injuries are the same.  While some people recover well, others do not, and often there is no effective cure for brain damage.  When a family member or loved one suffers from a brain injury, it is never easy to deal with. There can be tremendous emotional, interpersonal, and financial challenges to address.

Unpredictable and Complicated Cases

When most people think of injury cases, they think of cuts and broken bones. In many brain injury cases, however, the effects are not so easily seen.

Often, a brief interaction may never lead you to suspect a person has a brain injury. Most people with a brain injury look ‘normal,’ and do not want to be perceived as suffering from brain damage.  However, there can be a catastrophe inside the person’s head, affecting their thinking, judgment, sleep, emotions, sensations, and even their physical abilities. Because of this, it can be tough for a jury to understand just how severe the loss actually is, and how deeply it affects the person and their family.

Attorneys at Corson & Johnson have been representing people affected by brain injuries for over 30 years. They understand how unpredictable, challenging, and complicated these cases can be.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control:

  • An estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. Most are treated and released from the emergency room, but that does not mean that they did not suffer brain damage that may have long-term effects.
  • About 275,000 people are hospitalized with traumatic brain injury each year.
  • About 52,000 die from traumatic brain injuries annually.

Brain damage can be caused by car and truck crashes, falls, workplace injuries, athletic activities, and other incidents. Sometimes a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury is delayed or even missed entirely. Once diagnosed, treatment can be challenging, and some people never recover.

Having represented people with traumatic brain injury and brain damage for many years, we know how to build a legal case that will help the injured person and their family.

Advocates for Brain Damage Survivors and Their Families

Corson & Johnson’s experience working for people with brain injuries has provided many insights into the nature of brain injuries and the daily lives led by those with brain damage. They have successfully tried cases for people suffering brain damage as a result of defective products, vehicle crashes, hospital system failures, workplace accidents, and other causes. Don Corson is a member of a national organization of attorneys who share information on how to better represent survivors of brain injuries, has presented on the subject of representing brain-injured people to the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, and has written on the subject for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.

Brain Injury Cases

Hospital System Failure

Causes Father’s Severe Brain Damage, $12 million jury verdict.

Brain Injury Survivor Fights Insurance Company

Brain Surgery After Rear-end Collision: $1 million jury verdict.

Defective Farm Equipment Causes Brain Damage

Workplace Brain Injury, $4 million jury verdict.

The attorneys at Corson & Johnson have helped countless individuals and families over the past three-plus decades.
Please click on the Read More Cases link highlighted below to see additional Brain Injury case examples.
If you think you may have a case, please call, email, or text us; we would be happy to talk with you.

Client Testimonials

Katie Lekkerkerker

For those of you who don’t want to read the whole review – Corson & Johnson is the best. Don’t bother looking up any other law firms. My husband and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the Corson & Johnson Law Firm to anyone needing legal counsel.

As a result of being hit by a car, I now have a debilitating brain injury, and life may never be the same.

We were referred to Don Corson by a trusted family friend. From our initial meeting, my husband and I were impressed at how sincere, kind and patient Don and his staff were.

Don Corson is genuine, caring, and brilliant. Our case was tricky at best, and he never faltered. Don’t let his super pleasant personality fool you. When needed, Don is a bulldog. He didn’t stop working tirelessly until we received our settlement, which will now provide the long term medical care that I need as well as the day to day care for our children and home that I can no longer do.

He and his staff encouraged us and walked us through every step of the way. They explained the process so that we could easily understand everything that was going on.

Although we mainly dealt with Don, Lara Johnson is excellent also. She is incredibly insightful and bright.

Don Corson and his staff make a positive difference in the world with the work they do. We truly value his help, friendship and counsel.

Stephanie McGarvey

The Corson and Johnson Law Firm is amazing, My entire time working with them felt like I was with family the whole time and they brought me in with open arms! I still talk to some of the staff. They work hard and fight for you whole heartedly! Let’s just say they do their job very well! My car accident was in 2010 and I was only 16 years old and without their help I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today, I couldn’t thank them enough for everything they did for me through the hardest time of my life. I definitely recommend Corson and Johnson Law Firm!

Bonnie L.

“When our grandson was badly injured in an ATV accident, sustaining life-long injuries, we went in search of a skilled and ethical attorney to help achieve reasonable financial aid for our grandson’s future, which had been greatly altered. We were referred to Corson & Johnson Law Firm. We first met Don Corson when he came to our home to meet with us and to discover more about our situation. He immediately made us comfortable with his friendly but professional demeanor.

And I couldn’t have been more impressed with his depth of legal knowledge. But more than that, it was clear he cared about our grandson’s well-being. In the many months that followed it became obvious to us that we had the best attorney in the state of Oregon working alongside us. Don was always a professional, but he was more than just an attorney to us. He became a friend. As it turned out, Don Corson did a fabulous job and our grandson will be well taken care of throughout his life. Along with a sense of assurance about our grandson’s future well-being, we also have a life-long friend.

There are no sufficient words to thank Don Corson and his staff for all they did for us and our grandson. We have no hesitation in recommending his services to others. You won’t be sorry.”

Shana J.

“Lara Johnson and her staff were wonderful to work with!!! You can clearly see that she honestly cares about her clients! Her compassion and understanding made a world of difference for my son, who was her actual client, after being hit by a drunk driver. She has a vast knowledge of the types of injuries, both the temporary and permanent, and how they will likely affect the rest of his life. Of course, as with any attorney, this is a job and it is also about making money.

However, she also wanted to make sure he received the largest amount possible due to the fact that even after almost 2 years of various treatments, he has permanent injuries that will greatly affect the rest of his life. Not only did she get him the settlement, they got him a Lump Sum to begin with, as he still needs a lot of dental work done and wanted to get a few things, but set the rest up in an annuity. He was super happy knowing she was looking after future.

Especially since he is a 19 year old kid who could easily blow through a lot of money, and is concerned that people may try to take advantage of him knowing he has a brain injury that greatly affects his memory and decision making. Not only is it very obvious she truly does cares and showed a great deal of compassion, he is actually sad that he won’t need to see her anymore. He said he is going to miss her, and everyone else there at the office.

Unfortunately, under very unfortunate and heartbreaking circumstances, I recommended her to a very close family friend. I know she will do everything she can to help his family, especially under such tragic circumstances, and show every bit of compassion she showed to my son. So, not only have I already, I will recommend her to anyone I know who finds themselves in the need of her services. We were recommended to Lara to begin with, and I would call her immediately should any of us have anything like this every happen to our family. I greatly recommend her to anyone who may find themselves in similar circumstances!!! Without a doubt! 100%!!!!”

Peggy

” I hired Lara after an auto accident in which I suffered a traumatic brain injury, neck and spine injuries, shoulder and clavicle injury, and a leg being knocked out of alignment. I had been told by one lawyer, with another firm in town, that my case wasn’t worth much…no broken bones, no blood…and not to expect much compensation in the state of Oregon. I then spoke to Lara and asked if she’d be able, with her fee, to get me a higher settlement than if I negotiated with the insurance company on my own. Lara’s answer, “Absolutely!” There was no hesitation; direct, resounding, confident. Much different than the first lawyer I spoke to and I knew “absolutely” that Lara Johnson was who I wanted representing me. Lara further impressed me with how thoroughly she handled my case. Within a week, Lara had sent out rep letters to the hospital ER, physical therapists, massage therapists, doctors and police requesting records relating to the accident. She even went to the scene of the accident to take photographs of the location. Additionally, Lara had me complete a questionnaire, which not only covered my medical history, but my educational and personal accomplishments, as well. She looked at my case from all angles. She was able to represent me because she spent the time to find out who she was representing. Lara responded quickly to my calls and e-mails and updated me monthly on the status of my year-long case. Thankfully, I didn’t represent myself. Lara settled my case for the full amount of the insured’s policy…You really, literally, can’t do any better than that!!!”

Susan Dunn
Deer Island, OR

“I had an awesome experience with Don Corson in my case, which is an odd thing to say as I would not wish a lawsuit on anyone. I was terribly injured (multiple head and facial fractures) when my seat belt failed to work properly in a medium speed collision. My daughter was 14 months old at the time. Fortunately, a local attorney in St. Helens recommended a Eugene firm in which Don worked. I really enjoyed working with Don. He was aware of the emotional side of head injuries and litigation and helped me feel prepared. He also insulated me from worrying about all the strategic decisions and the ups and downs of litigation. He spoke to me in terms I could understand. I continue to feel support from Don and his firm as if they were my extended family.”

Brain Injury Resources

Oregon’s New Law to Help Students with Brain Injuries

Oregon’s New Law to Help Students with Brain Injuries

One of the few laws that was passed in Oregon’s special legislative session in early 2020 was House Bill (HB) 4140, which is intended to help schools give academic accommodations for students diagnosed with a brain injury such as a concussion.

The “Silent Epidemic”of Brain Injuries

The “Silent Epidemic”of Brain Injuries

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson on the subject of the “silent epidemic” of brain injuries and their two major causes–motor vehicle collisions and falls.

The Painful Side of Getting Your Head in the Game

The Painful Side of Getting Your Head in the Game

Concussions and brain injuries have been a hot topic in professional and college sports lately with the majority of attention focused on the dangers suffered by the men who play football. According to NCAA data, women’s sports account for five of the 10 college sports with the very highest concussion rates.

CDC Puts Spotlight on Traumatic Brain Injury

CDC Puts Spotlight on Traumatic Brain Injury

The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recent report, Traumatic Brain Injury Epidemiology and Rehabilitation, addresses the prevalence of TBI, outcomes of TBI, and effectiveness of current methods for rehabilitation.

Jenna’s Law Helps Prevent Permanent Brain Injury

Jenna’s Law Helps Prevent Permanent Brain Injury

After January 1, 2014, Jenna’s Law (Oregon Senate Bill 721) required sports leagues or non-school athletic teams to educate children over 12 and adults who are involved in their teams in recognizing and handling concussions.

NCSS—Reducing Risk of Sports-Related Concussions

After a serious impact and possible concussion, student athletes are sometimes urged to get back into the game without proper evaluation. But  research that shows how serious concussions of all levels can be, combined with improved laws, is eliminating that practice. In conjunction with the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS), we have sponsored training for coaches to help them identify concussions and respond safely. To learn more about the symptoms and prevention of sports-related brain injuries, please read through the Centers for Disease Control’s Athlete Fact SheetParent’s Fact Sheet, and our Sports Injury Prevention Playbook.

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